Misplaced modifiers - the placing of 'only'
- I only want to ask you one question.
- I want to ask you only one question.
- There is no risk of misunderstanding
- People have used this word order for such a long time that it sounds more natural than the 'correct' one.
A lot of or many? (or much, for that matter)
- There were so many people at the party.
- He's got as much money as I have.
- Too many people take grammar too seriously.
Misplaced horror over a dangling modifier
- When she was three, I noticed something was wrong
- At the age of three, she began to show signs that was something wrong
Is British English succumbing to 'barbarous Americanisms'?
- Business jargon or buzzwords
- Youth talk, especially the kind of language identified with 'Valley girls' (see link)
- The language of the Internet
What was that about I'm good?
- Fine, thanks. And you?
- Very well, thanks. And you? (a little more formal)
- I'm very well, thanks. And you? (a little more formal still, but not particularly stuffy)
Testing your vocabulary
The Merriam-Webster Quiz
How big is your vocabulary?
- Grammarphobia - only
- GrammarGirl - Misplaced only
- Grammarphobia - a lot of
- The Sentence Sleuth - Juvenile Dad - dangling modifier
- Motivated Grammar - I'm good
- Valley girls and their language - Wikipedia
- Test your vocabulary - online random quizzes at Merriam-Webster.
- How many words do you know - at testyourvocab.com